Rampant Consumerism & $250 Sunglasses for Kids

I was flabbergasted to get a flyer in the mail today from a major sporting goods chain with $200 – $250 sunglasses for kids so they can look “cool” going back to school.

What the hell?

When so many families can barely afford a standard set of school supplies?

When schools in a relatively affluent area like the BC lower mainland need lunch programs so kids don’t go hungry?

The mind boggles. . .

Edmonds City Fair & Car Show 2022

It was wonderful to have the Edmonds City Fair & Car Show back in SE Burnaby, BC, after a 2-year Covid hiatus!

It was a gorgeous day with great entertainment and lots of cool cars.

Here are a few shots of the opening with First Nations blessing, greetings from all levels of government, and a few shots of some of the cars and performers.

Thanks to the City of Burnaby, community organizers, and event staff for a wonderful day!

I was hired to document the event, so this is all I’ll post until I get my edited shots to the organizers.

Eventually I’ll put together a Flickr album as I’ve done with previous City Fairs.

UPDATE 7/27: Flickr Album here.


First Nations blessing


All levels of government greeting the happy crowd

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Dedicating new basketball courts in the park


Burnaby’s fave Rainshadow which has performed at so many community events over many years!


The cop with the coolest ride! : – )

Three-Hour South Burnaby Ramble

Whew! That was a good walk.

Down Byrne Creek ravine, along Meadow Ave. to where it nearly touches Marine Way, crossed Marine Way and walked to the incinerator, and then along the river to the playground/washroom at the foot of Byrne Road. Then back up the dyke and home to near Edmonds Station.

Here’s some wildlife viewed along the way.

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Blue-eyed Darners along the Meadow Ave. ditch

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I think invasiave American Bullfrog

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Swallowtail

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Some sort of Burying Beetle?

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Yellow-spotted Millipede

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Cedar Waxwing

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Northern Flicker taking off

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White-crowned Sparrow

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Bumblebees loading up. . .

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Dead mouse

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Tug on the working river

Birds and Beasts of Deer Lake, Burnaby, BC

A morning ramble around Deer Lake in Burnaby, BC, turned up plenty of wildlife, not all of it native.

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Cedar Waxwing

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Assorted dragonflies

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Double-crested Cormorant takes a fish. Extreme range with tight cropping. . .

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Invasive Pumpkinseed fish

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Invasive American Bullfrog

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Lorquin’s Admiral

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Wasp nest — fortunately many meters away from any trail

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